The Australian man accused of strapping a fake bomb around the neck of an 18 year-old woman is waiving the extradition process in hopes of getting back to his home country sooner. Paul Douglas Peters entered the courtroom in leg shackles and a thick black-and-white striped Oldham County jail jumpsuit. Kentucky District Court Judge Dave Whalin confirmed with Peters what he was giving up by waiving his rights to have a full extradition hearing, which was scheduled for Oct. 14.
Sounding the alarm about the country’s infrastructure needs, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday to discuss the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The sudden closure of the bridge last week has rerouted thousands living in Louisville and southern Indiana, who’ve had to find an alternate route across the Ohio River. During the show, Yarmuth challenged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is also from Louisville, to talk to motorists about what’s been locally dubbed “Shermageddon”.
Many Danville residents woke Wednesday morning to find their vehicles marked with orange spray-paint. Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray said at least 50 vehicles were vandalized overnight and reports were continuing to come in throughout the morning.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment belonging to the Ohio River Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Team. The tools were stolen from the association's property on Main Street in Salem. The majority of the tools and equipment were donated to the association, which is instrumental in assisting communities with storm cleanup and rebuilding during times of disaster such as ice storms and recent flooding.
Carrollton bus crash survivors lent their voices Tuesday to the opposition of expanded alcohol sales. Lincoln Trail Baptist Church and two survivors of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash held a news conference opposing the pursuit of expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. A special election to vote on the issue is Oct. 4.
A drive to reduce taxes by axing the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission was dealt a blow Tuesday in Kenton Circuit Court. Judge Gregory Bartlett denied a request to issue an emergency injunction stopping the printing of November's ballot until Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe uses a different method to validate signatures on a petition seeking to disband the commission. Paul Metzger, who asked for the injunction, could continue through litigation to get more signatures validated, but it's unlikely the measure will make it on November's ballot. The deadline to send it to the printer is Monday.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have opened a disaster recovery center in Knox County. FEMA officials have opened the new center at First Baptist Church Artemus, located at 3085 KY Highway 225, a week after individual assistance for the area was approved.
The “Spirit of Jefferson” boat will shuttle residents across the Ohio River beginning Wednesday morning. This is in response to the indefinite Sherman Minton Bridge closure. The shuttle will cost $1 dollar each way and will initially operate on weekdays for the next two weeks. Linda Harris is the CEO of the Spirit of Jefferson and the Belle of Louisville. Harris says the ferry could be expanded if it proves popular.
LOUISVILLE – Transportation and law enforcement officials from Kentucky, Indiana and local governments Tuesday worked to shepherd an extraordinary volume of detoured traffic on the second work day following closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. Officials used a variety of tools to keep traffic flowing including:
State officials say this evening’s commute from Louisville to Indiana was not as bad as they expected in the wake of the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Department of Transportation watched the commute via traffic cameras in MetroSafe. “Well, from what we can see on the Trimark cameras, traffic is moving so well that frankly it’s surprising,” he said.
Many Northern Kentucky legislators haven't decided whether to support the latest bills for expanded gambling, but they said they hope the next legislative session will lead to a resolution. A bill, pre-filed last week by state Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, would allow voters statewide to decide in November 2012 whether they want to amend the state constitution to make expanded gambling legal. If the amendment passes, another bill filed by Nemes would allow each county to decide through a local ballot issue whether to allow expanded gambling.
If a unification review commission is created, it will operate without the inclusion of Hardin County’s second-largest city. Radcliff City Council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw the city from further discussion about unification with the county and its five remaining cities. Hardin County United, a volunteer organization charged with examining the strategic goals of the 2010 Hardin County Vision Project, initiated the conversation based on a 2006 law that allows a county government to merge with one or more incorporated cities.
Richard Calland of Maysville observes from a machine gun port Friday while flying on the Aluminum Overcast B-17 Flying Fortress. Calland is a United States Navy veteran and enjoys vintage military aircraft.
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A veteran got the chance to take flight recently on an historical American aircraft. Richard Calland, 82, of Maysville, couldn't imagine a better way to spend a Friday afternoon than flying, or being around planes. For as long as Calland can remember, he's been enthralled by aircraft of all shapes and sizes. That's why his flight aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress was so special.
Work to widen a major artery in southwest Lexington is proceeding, but slower than commuters, construction workers and government officials had hoped. Crews have worked since the first of the year on the Clays Mill Road project. The relocation of utility lines occupied the first few months of 2011. After that, Lexington project manager Keith Lovan says wet weather slowed progress. Now, Lovan says they’re working to catch up.
Humana and UPS both say they’ll continue to monitor the effect the Sherman Minton Bridge closure has on their operations. Humana has around 1,900 Southern Indiana employees, most of whom work in Louisville, said Humana spokesman Marvin Hill. While it’s still too early to determine how many employees’ schedules will be affected, Hill said Humana will be listening to employees to make necessary changes to operations in the coming days.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges can handle the additional traffic load from the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Sherman Minton is closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The 80,000 cars that cross it daily are being rerouted to the two downtown bridges, which are already over capacity. (To see the traffic plan, click here.)
Several Hopkins County first responders served in the wars following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Madisonville Patrolman Bob Couchman began a tradition of displaying a flag he had flown in Iraq on Sept. 11 on a pole in front of his house.
Louisville - Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials announced traffic plans aimed at managing extraordinary traffic congestion on the first work day following Friday’s closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Ind.
Names of the thousands of victims who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks ten years ago were read aloud Friday at the University of Kentucky. The ROTC's Perishing Rifles held its annual memorial vigil on the campus' main lawn. Cadet Josh Lynch is commander of the group. "We're trying to get awareness out to the campus. Some people tend to forget or just to help them remember."
Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan. The president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security.
Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible.
The 9-11 did not simply target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nationwide, the threat was real. In Kentucky, southern governors who were here for a meeting sought safety. “We’re getting ourselves to try to take care of the governors that are here in the state and try to make sure government facilities are as secure as possible,” said then-Governor Paul Patton.
Kentuckians mostly witnessed the 9-11 terror attacks on television, but, follow-up attacks seemed probable, maybe even in Kentucky. So, like the rest of the nation, airspace over the Commonwealth was shut down. Runways in Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Lexington stood still and remained still for days. On 9-11, Bluegrass Airport spokesman Tom Tyra saw few stranded passengers. Not knowing what to expect, the airport and its airlines were working to quickly resume operations.
The Garrard County Public library board recently voted to raise taxes for the fourth year in a row. But, this time, residents and county officials rallied against the increase. About a dozen residents and two Fiscal Court magistrates attended the board’s mandatory tax hearing Tuesday and argued against the hike, which sets the new tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of real property.
Emergency officials from Whitley and McCreary counties had to use ropes and a basket to carry a 70-year-old woman up a 30-foot embankment off a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park late Tuesday afternoon. The woman and her husband had been walking on a trail when she slipped down an embankment.
Elizabethtown firefighters and others bow their heads as a prayer is said Tuesday morning during a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11, at Elizabethtown Fire Department Headquarters.
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Hardin County law enforcement and emergency responders gathered Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 for a brief ceremony in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11 as the 10th anniversary draws closer. “We must not ever forget that day, especially the sacrifices made by all those who gave their lives that day,” Elizabethtown fire chief Mike Hulsey said.